The Charlotte chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recently celebrated its own with awards to contractors in 20 categories, plus a first-ever “Best in Show” award for design excellence.
Local NARI chapter director Mike Waite said many of this year’s 55 project entries represented the growing trend of “aging in place” – the concept of homeowners making practical and strategic changes to homes they hope to live in for many years to come.
“We’re seeing people planning ahead for retirement,” says Waite. “They have no desire to move, so they’re making very creative and stylish changes to make their houses more livable both now and in the future. Remodeling may involve changing the heights of countertops and toilets, adding hand rails, widening doorways – and doing these things before they have to. That’s a big market in our industry right now.”
Judges for the competition, which culminated at a Nov. 15 banquet at the Sheraton Hotel Uptown, were Bill Saint, president and CEO, Classica Homes LLC; Tim Bagwell, T. Bagwell Interiors; and John Jackovich, Grande Custom Homes, all of Charlotte. None are members of NARI.
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